Psalm 97-99 English Standard Version

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The LORD's Dominion and Power

97 1  The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice; let the many coastlands be glad! 2  Clouds and thick darkness are all around him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne. 3  Fire goes before him and burns up his adversaries all around. 4  His lightnings light up the world; the earth sees and trembles. 5  The mountains melt like wax before the Lord, before the Lord of all the earth. 6  The heavens proclaim his righteousness, and all the peoples see his glory. 7  All worshipers of images are put to shame, who make their boast in worthless idols; worship him, all you gods!

8  Zion hears and is glad, and the daughters of Judah rejoice, because of your judgments, O Lord. 9  For you, O Lord, are most high over all the earth; you are exalted far above all gods. 10  O you who love the Lord, hate evil! He preserves the lives of his saints; he delivers them from the hand of the wicked. 11  Light is sown[1] for the righteous, and joy for the upright in heart. 12  Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous, and give thanks to his holy name!

Praise for God's Righteousness

98 1  Oh sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things! His right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him. 2  The Lord has made known his salvation; he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations. 3  He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

4  Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises! 5  Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody! 6  With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord! 7  Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; the world and those who dwell in it! 8  Let the rivers clap their hands; let the hills sing for joy together 9  before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity.

The LORD's Faithfulness to Israel

99 1  The Lord reigns; let the peoples tremble! He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake! 2  The Lord is great in Zion; he is exalted over all the peoples. 3  Let them praise your great and awesome name! Holy is he! 4  The King in his might loves justice.[2] You have established equity; you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob. 5  Exalt the Lord our God; worship at his footstool! Holy is he!

6  Moses and Aaron were among his priests, Samuel also was among those who called upon his name. They called to the Lord, and he answered them. 7  In the pillar of the cloud he spoke to them; they kept his testimonies and the statute that he gave them. 8  O Lord our God, you answered them; you were a forgiving God to them, but an avenger of their wrongdoings. 9  Exalt the Lord our God, and worship at his holy mountain; for the Lord our God is holy!

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[1] 97:11 Most Hebrew manuscripts; one Hebrew manuscript, Septuagint, Syriac, Jerome Light dawns

[2] 99:4 Or The might of the King loves justice

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